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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleThree jolly huntsmen
Roud No.796
Collected FromUnknown
LocationLechlade
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleBold Reynolds
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 472
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15th January, 1916, p 2, Part 14, No. 8: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 67, 68
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of three jolly huntsman,
And they went out one day,
To hunt poor bold Reynolds,
It was the hue and cry.

Chorus

With my whoop, whoop, holloa!
Come along my brave boys,
And it's good, the huntsman cries:
With my wivvy, wivvy, wink,
And my chivvy, chivvy, chink,
And over the downs we ride.

Verse 2

The first we saw was an old woman,
She was curling of her locks,
She swore she saw old Reynolds,
Run among the geese and ducks.

Chorus

Verse 3

The next we saw was a shepherd,
With a sheep crook in his hand,
He swore he saw bold Reynolds,
Run among the ewes and lambs.

Chorus

Verse 4

The next we saw was a blind man,
As blind as he could be,
He swore he saw bold Reynolds,
A-climming yonder high tree.

Chorus

Verse 5

The next we saw was a carter,
With the plough paddle in his hand,
He swore he saw bold Reynolds,
Run across the new ploughed land.

Chorus

Verse 6

The next we saw was a miller,
A-looking out of his mill,
He swore he saw bold Reynolds,
Run over yonder high hill.

Chorus

Verse 7

The next we saw was a parson,
And he was dressed in black,
He swore he saw bold Reynolds,
Tied to the huntsman's back.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Note 1

Alfred Williams - The Three Jolly Huntsmen, also known as 'Bold Reynolds', was exceedingly popular throughout the Thames Vale, though I had considerable difficulty in securing the complete copy, as the versions differed radically in almost every village. In order to complete the version given I compounded from scraps obtained at Cumnor, Shaw [near Swindon], Ogbourne, Lechlade, Bampton and Lydford [Berkshire].

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'The Three Jolly Huntsmen, also known as 'Bold Reynolds', was exceedingly popular throughout the Thames Vale, though I had considerable difficulty in securing the complete copy, as the versions differed radically in almost every village. In order to complete the version given below I compounded from scraps obtained at Cumnor, Shaw [near Swindon], Ogbourne, Lechlade, Bampton and Lydford [Berkshire].'

Note 2

There are several singers in Lechlade who may have been the source of this song.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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